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Assessors budget includes pay raises

By Sherri Ellington The Lamar County tax assessors board is recommending a $25,430 budget that includes 3% county approved raises and an aerial flight to photograph land tracts. The flights, supposed to be done every three years, may be a costsharing project with Barnesville which would lower the cost. The flights put the budget slightly over last year’s levels, said chief appraiser Jeannie Haddock. ‘The required schooling came up a little too.’ In a cost-cutting measure, the budget includes only updating computer software instead of replacing it. Assessors also: ’¢ Reaffirmed property owned by James Lester at the first of the year and later transferred to the Church of God is taxable for 2013. Lester was supposed to be at the meeting but did not show up. ’¢ Denied two property valuation appeals because they came in after the due date on metered mail marked on the due date. The owners are to be sent copies of the nometer policy along with their letters of denial. ’¢ Approved several new Conservation Use Valuation Act applications and four motor vehicle appeals using state values, NADA values, purchase price and splitting the difference between the purchase price and state value. ’¢ Heard the state Department of Revenue determined the Upson Professional Building is taxable because the nonprofit hospital that owns it is leasing it to for-profit doctors. ’¢ Called a closed session to discuss personnel.

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